Hm: Democratic candidate drops out of Kansas Senate race against Pat Roberts

posted at 9:41 pm on September 3, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

At the behest of Democratic leaders, it seems, leaving two opponents to Roberts still in— a Libertarian and an Independent:

Chad Taylor, a district attorney, informed the Kansas Secretary of State Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the race. Originally, his statement said “suspended,” but the word was lined through and replaced with a handwritten “terminated.”

Taylor issued a separate statement saying he made the decision after consulting with his staff, supporters and Democratic Party leaders. He did not give a reason.

Kansas.com reported Wednesday that Taylor’s move could lead to broader support for the independent candidate in the race, Olathe businessman Greg Orman. There is also a Libertarian candidate, Randall Batson, of Wichita.

Roberts executive campaign manager Leroy Towns issued a statement accusing Orman of engineering a “corrupt bargain” with the national Democratic Party.

The Washington Post reveals why:

The move, which came on the last day for ballot changes, could clear the way for Democrats to rally behind Greg Orman, an independent candidate who has left the door open to caucusing with both parties if elected. Orman, who used to be a Democrat and a Republican, has been viewed as a more viable opponent against Sen. Pat Roberts (R), who polls show is vulnerable. Orman has raised a lot more money than Taylor.

“This is certainly an unexpected turn of events. Chad Taylor is a committed public servant. He ran an honorable campaign and worked hard, and I wish him and his family well,” said Orman in a statement.

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Orman would not say which party he would caucus with if elected. He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

The letter is here:

Mmm-hmm:

And, a pair of tweets for analysis on this new trend in Democratic politics…of trying so hard not to be Democrats they actually drop out of races to allow Independents a shot:

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Dems dropping like the sweat off Ned Pepper’s brow while he works the grille at the Waffle House.

CW on September 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

What’s the matter with Kansas democrats? Apparently the voters don’t like the D label.

kcewa on September 3, 2014 at 9:47 PM

If the GOP finishes with 51 or more Senators with Roberts and McConnell getting shipped out*, I would ask anyone with some free time that night to check in on me, as I may be indulging in unhealthy amounts of hoarse laughter and alcohol.

*or not really, since they live in Washington and sure as hell aren’t taking up residence in some hick state when they’re done in Congress.

TimesUp on September 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

In its own way, this will hurt the GOP.

They can’t say that the evil party will get the seat.
I just hope one of the other two running wins.

nobar on September 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Democrats running away from their own brand.

Remember the millions of stories about the “Republican” name being a drag on candidates and tarnishing names on ballots labeled with it because of Bush? I clearly recall them.

Same or similar stories about the Democrat name? Probably not.

Aizen on September 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

So all those Milton Wolf voters who are supporting Orman…are now supporting a candidate who will back Harry Reid.

sentinelrules on September 3, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Dems dropping like the sweat off Ned Pepper’s brow while he works the grille at the Waffle House.

CW on September 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

You fool, you do not understand politics.

The chances that Greg Orman will caucus with Democrats is much, much higher.

We know Pat Roberts will not caucus with Democrats.

Kansas is in play, folks.

Both Tea Gabber Brownback and Pat Roberts are going down in Ruby Red Kansas..


Yeah, this is just like 2010 Tea Gabber wave!!

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

And those Democrats not dropping out of their races are begging the toxic Obama to stay away from them on the campaign trail.

NebCon on September 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Dems dropping like the sweat off Ned Pepper’s brow while he works the grille at the Waffle House.

CW on September 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

He’d spit in your food.

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Please stop stealing content from Rachel Madcow.

Please stop stealing content 100%.

sentinelrules on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

OT:

Glad to know that Obama is going after the evildoers in the world:

Feds to investigate Ferguson, Mo., police

The U.S. Justice Department notified Ferguson, Mo., police officials Wednesday that the federal government would launch a broad investigation into the policing practices of the city, a person briefed on the matter said.

Justice officials were expected to formally announce their intentions as soon as Thursday, said the person who was not authorized to comment publicly.

The inquiry, to be conducted by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, will examine years of data to determine whether the department engaged in a so-called pattern and practice of discriminatory policing and the use of excessive force, the source said.

kcewa on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Both Tea Gabber Brownback and Pat Roberts are going down in Ruby Red Kansas..

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Go back to crying over your Judy Garland albums please.

kcewa on September 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

How about an investigation of the AG’s ongoing “racial” remarks and racist decisions, e.g. not prosecuting the Black Panthers?

No, I won’t hold my breath waiting.

Drained Brain on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Ned Peckerhead is really reaching for something not bad about this.

cozmo on September 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM

So all those Milton Wolf voters who are supporting Orman…are now supporting a candidate who will back Harry Reid.

sentinelrules on September 3, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Orman was always well to the left of Taylor.

He’s the true modern Democrat party candidate in Texas. No wonder they forced Taylor out.

joana on September 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

in Kansas, of course.

joana on September 3, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Eat it Tea Gabbers! Kansas will be blue after the election!

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

You fool, you do not understand politics.

The chances that Greg Orman will caucus with Democrats is much, much higher.

We know Pat Roberts will not caucus with Democrats.

Kansas is in play, folks.

Both Tea Gabber Brownback and Pat Roberts are going down in Ruby Red Kansas..

Yeah, this is just like 2010 Tea Gabber wave!!

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

LOLOL holy fukking shit, you’re a moron! LOLOLOL.

One democrat dropped out so another democrat pretending to be an independent could stay in.

You should send your entire paycheck to Orman is a show of support!

Keep hope alive!

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

The chances that Greg Orman will caucus with Democrats is much, much higher.

We know Pat Roberts will not caucus with Democrats.

Kansas is in play, folks.

Both Tea Gabber Brownback and Pat Roberts are going down in Ruby Red Kansas..

Yeah, this is just like 2010 Tea Gabber wave!!

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

You realize you’re writing Pat Roberts’ campaign ads for him, don’t you?

The last thing Greg Orman wants swing voters to take to the polls with them on Nov. 4 is that “The chances that Greg Orman will caucus with Democrats is much, much higher.” If that wasn’t the case, Chad Taylor wouldn’t have dropped out of the race as the official Democratic Party candidate, because it would mean Kansas voters want a Democrat elected to the Senate who’ll back Obama and Reid.

Orman at the very least wants to paint himself in the Joe Lieberman 2006 “independent” vein, where he voted mainly, but not always, with the Democrats and the left side of the party hated his guts. You’re trying to frame him in the Bernie Saunders “independent” vein, where the word has no meaning, because Bernie votes with Harry Reid 99.9 percent of the time. Which is the exact point Roberts’ people are going to try and make about Orman between now and Election Day.

jon1979 on September 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Please stop stealing content from Rachel Madcow.

sentinelrules on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Why you watching that boy Rachel Madcow?

Tea Gabbers of Hot Gas – this dude/dudette watches Rachel Madcow. What a shame..

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Tea Gabbers of Hot Gas, hear me! I bring you peace! I bring you love!

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Why you watching that boy Rachel Madcow?

Tea Gabbers of Hot Gas – this dude/dudette watches Rachel Madcow. What a shame..

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

All that Horsesh*t being flung by Dems in ads is starting
to splatter on your face….clean yourself off kid….

ToddPA on September 3, 2014 at 10:12 PM

He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

I believe that’s definition number 2 for the word “prostitute”.

BKeyser on September 3, 2014 at 10:12 PM

jon1979 on September 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Shhh Ded Pecker read at his echo chamber DailyKos that this was a huge win for the democrats. He’s too stupid to comprehend what is actually going on. He can cut and paste…that’s about it.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 10:13 PM

So, Orman has dropped the facade that he really isn’t running to help out the Democrats. Democrats probably just unintentionally screwed themselves.

GOPRanknFile on September 3, 2014 at 10:15 PM

He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

WTF?

So much for ‘taking a stand’ on issues.

GarandFan on September 3, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Tea Gabbers of Hot Gas, hear me! I bring you peace! I bring you love!

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 10:10 PM

You are a good little Tea Gabber.

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I wasn’t watching Madcow, just reading it off of twitter.

So, please, stop stealing content from Kasie Hunt.

sentinelrules on September 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM

You are a good little Tea Gabber.

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Spot on.

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM

You are a good little Tea Gabber.

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Poor HAL, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Whelp, maybe folks can start writing about the Georgia senate race again…about how it’s gonna go blue…etc.

SouthernGent on September 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM

He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

Sounds a lot like Speaker Wet Eyes Pink Tie.

HatfieldMcCoy on September 3, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Kansas is in play, folks.
Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

No, it isn’t. Kansas will vote for the establishment GOP.

…just like they always do…

flyovermark on September 3, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Yeah, this is just like 2010 Tea Gabber wave!!
Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

This has the potential to come back and bite somebody *cough* Ned Pepper *cough* right in the blubber at a future date…

Newtie and the Beauty on September 3, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Looks like voting for Roberts (ugh):

Greg Orman on Energy & Oil:
Auto emissions contribute to environmental decline. (Mar 2008)
Energy-saving lights reduce over a million tons of emissions. (Mar 2008)

Greg Orman on Health Care:
Commitment to research to cure numerous diseases. (Mar 2008)
Affordable healthcare coverage for all is our goal. (Mar 2008)

Greg Orman on Immigration:
Illegals already here should register and pay taxes. (Jun 2014)

Source:
http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Greg_Orman.htm

mdenis39 on September 3, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Taylor issued a separate statement saying he made the decision after consulting with his staff, supporters and Democratic Party leaders. He did not give a reason.

OK. What did you do with Kansas.

Newtie and the Beauty on September 3, 2014 at 10:26 PM

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Orman would not say which party he would caucus with if elected. He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

So…now there’s Chi-town voting in the Senate?

Huh. Will wonders never cease…

Newtie and the Beauty on September 3, 2014 at 10:28 PM

He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

Why is the heck would anyone vote for this guy who doesn’t have a clue as to what he is? I just see an opportunist who is trying to sell himself to the highest bidder!

Vince on September 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

@Ned:
FYI, as both a 5-yr KS TEA Party activist and a Milton Wolf county leader, please allow me to offer the strongest possible assurances that KS TEA Party conservatives are no more eager to vote for Greg Ormond(I) than we would have been to vote for Chad Taylor(D).

Unlike the average man-in-the-street/low-information voters, we do our homework, we’ve done our research, and we know that Greg Ormond is just another f’idiot lib-ocrite, and if there’s one political creature worse than a RINO, it’s a lib who isn’t even honest enough to admit he’s a Democrat.

We are sick-&-tired of being sick-&-tired, of being treated like the doormats & red-headed step-children of the GOP elites, and we’re having ongoing discussions across the state about the best way(s) to address the current situation vis-a-vis the US Senate race (and a laundry-list of other issues)…

DeepWheat on September 3, 2014 at 10:38 PM

@sentinelrules

See above, @Ned, ditto…

DeepWheat on September 3, 2014 at 10:46 PM

So, the liberals are now going to destroy the label “independent” with their liberal progressive crap?

Wonderful, the liberals -almost- seem to be suggesting that conservatives combat this by supporting any and all republicans, which they already destroyed with their progressive crap.

Maybe I should buy an island.

Diluculo on September 3, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Orman, who used to be a Democrat and a Republican

The future belongs to hermaphrodites.

notropis on September 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

MSLSD is crazy to the 100th power.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 3, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Cue me on this fellow Hot Airians.

If we have three independent Senators elected but have 49 Republican senators and 48 democrat senators, doesn’t the Republican Party take control of the Senate?

itsspideyman on September 3, 2014 at 10:54 PM

One heck of a permanent Democratic Majority. Perhaps as the Rhetoric matched the results.

Grunt on September 3, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Orman Crist, who used to be a Democrat and a Republican

Maybe we’ll see this next year after Crist loses to Rick Scott in November.

GOPRanknFile on September 3, 2014 at 11:06 PM

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Orman would not say which party he would caucus with if elected. He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

Hmmm…I seem to remember meeting his sister at a fraternity party several years back. She was a lot of fun…

jbspry on September 3, 2014 at 11:08 PM

HAL needs a towel change.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Orman, who used to be a Democrat and a Republican
The future belongs to hermaphrodites.

notropis on September 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I don’t see what Orman’s varicose veins of the rectum have to do with this…

jbspry on September 3, 2014 at 11:10 PM

If we have three independent Senators elected but have 49 Republican senators and 48 democrat senators, doesn’t the Republican Party take control of the Senate?

itsspideyman on September 3, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Not if the three independent senators support the Democrats on the control of the Senate. Two of them already do.

J.S.K. on September 3, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Dead Pecker was missing from this thread.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM

R vs. D is for better or worse ingrained into the American political mindset. In a race among two competitive candidates the guy who isn’t the R is therefore de facto the D.

Orman’s chance may have gone down. He’s no longer the Independent, not the R/not the D. He’s simply “not the R.” He’s now the 50th vote for Harry Reid. He’s the best option for Obama among those offered by Kansas this cycle. He has Pat Roberts to his right and a vast amount of space to his left that he now occupies by default. Of anybody on the ballot, Greg Orman has had the most friendly contact with high ranking national Democrats.

As much as I hammered in my message in the paragraph above it’s nothing compared to what Kansas voters will hear over the next two months. Orman = Reid = Democrat = the guy who lost Kansas 60-37 in 2012.

Gingotts on September 3, 2014 at 11:41 PM

You fool, you do not understand politics.

The chances that Greg Orman will caucus with Democrats is much, much higher.

We know Pat Roberts will not caucus with Democrats.

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

You, smart guy, just explained why Orman loses without even realizing it.

Gingotts on September 3, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Why is the heck would anyone vote for this guy who doesn’t have a clue as to what he is? I just see an opportunist who is trying to sell himself to the highest bidder!

Vince on September 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

If he starts voting “Present”, he can join the other clueless guy in Washington.

KansasNavyDad on September 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

If we have three independent Senators elected but have 49 Republican senators and 48 democrat senators, doesn’t the Republican Party take control of the Senate?

itsspideyman on September 3, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Nope. On a theoretical situation, it depends on who the indie Senators vote for – either Reid or McConnell.

If you’re talking about the next Senate, Democrats will keep control because Sanders, King and Orman are DIEBN – Democrat party hacks in everything but name.

Angus King also pulled that “I’ll decide who will I caucus with after being elected” card. He’s been one of the most far left Senators since he stepped in the senate.

joana on September 4, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Dems dropping like the sweat off Ned Pepper’s brow while he works the grille at the Waffle House.

CW on September 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Ded Pecker lost that job to an illegal. On the way out, he yelled, Thank You President Obama!

wsucoug on September 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Orman would not say which party he would caucus with if elected. He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

Now that’s conviction!

Lolo on September 4, 2014 at 12:32 AM

The chances that Greg Orman will caucus with Democrats is much, much higher.

We know Pat Roberts will not caucus with Democrats.

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Exactly. This is exactly what people need to tell their friends, Linkedin/FB contact in Kansas, internet comments, etc.

joana on September 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

The fear and desperation in Ned Peckers’ posts keeps me coming back.

I LOVE it.

The Notorious G.O.P on September 4, 2014 at 2:32 AM

With Obama as their leader, democrats running for office realize they are fighting an uphill battle. So in Kansas the democrat dropped out and will endorse (any day now) the independent. This “independent” will campaign as anything but a democrat. Once elected he will declare himself a democrat and vote against common sense.

gasmeterguy on September 4, 2014 at 6:08 AM

“…Greg Orman, an independent candidate who has left the door open to caucusing with both parties if elected. Orman, who used to be a Democrat and a Republican…”

The political chimera has evolved and ready for deception in the current toxic environment.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 4, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Wow. So now “Democrats” won’t even run as Democrats because the party is too toxic?

If you wrap a turd in a new package, it’s still a turd.

Marcus Traianus on September 4, 2014 at 6:47 AM

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Orman would not say which party he would caucus with if elected. He suggested that he would side with whichever party is in the majority and would consider joining both sides if he ends up being the deciding vote.

He can be bribed to join one side or the other… such strong principles there: he is not saying ‘a pox on BOTH your houses’ but ‘give me enough goodies and I will join you’.

It isn’t often you get an honest mercenary in a Senate race, that’s for sure.

Why people would vote for him is beyond me.

ajacksonian on September 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Yeah, this is just like 2010 Tea Gabber wave!!

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Like a puppy who just crapped on the living room floor, I can’t wait to rub your nose in it come November.

Bad little Ned! Bad puppy!

BigAlSouth on September 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

It seems there is absolutely nothing wrong with Kansas, if Dems understand they don’t have an ice cube’s chance in hell winning there. They’re backing a self-funding businessman over their own party nominee? Hahaha, they’re not only going to lose there, but they feel they need to dump more money on other races that must look all but lost.

How much money have they wasted on Hagan only to see her crash and burn once the state house is adjourned? They gave Landrieu the energy committee chairmanship, she got Chamber of Commerce support, and she is still losing by Labor Day. Even Shaheen is slipping to Brown.

Now 538 is calling the senate for the GOP. Dems are going to lose big time. If they can’t take Kansas, they can’t take Georgia or Kentucky, that’s for sure.

ezspirit on September 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

So all those Milton Wolf voters who are supporting Orman…are now supporting a candidate who will back Harry Reid.

sentinelrules on September 3, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Milton Wolf fan here. Not voting in this race, since my choices are a Dem in Independent clothing and a man who lives in VA.

cptacek on September 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM